Intrigued by IEET Fellow Patrick Lin’s essay “The Ethics of Autonomous Cars” we asked “Should your robot car sacrifice your life if it will save more lives?” A third of of the 196 of you who responded said no, a third said they should and a third said it should be the driver’s option.
Of course, we can hope there will be far fewer automotive accidents with robot cars in the first place. But it will be fascinating to see how this software and regulation gets written. Will libertarian Americans opt for choice, or save-the-driver as a default, while more social democratic countries implement save-the-most driver software?
Our new poll is on whether the Turing Test is useful or bollocks.